Hi Laurie,

You could make up the component, place it on the PCB, load your nets, and
then Explode the component to free primitives (Tools>Convert>Explode
Component to Free Primitives). Of course, the next time you go to load the
netlist, the nets on the connector will be lost.

The other way I'd suggest, is place the spacer holes on the PCB separately,
and create a component of the ribbon connector, with the origin of the
component in the same position as one of the spacers, so when you plonk the
component down, you can align it perfectly using the spacer holes on the

I've used both of these methods in the past, with success.

Just my $0.02.


-----Original Message-----
From: Laurie Biddulph [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Monday, 5 January 2004 5:03 PM
To: Protel EDA Forum
Subject: [PEDA] Transparent footprints

Hi, I hope you all had a happy Xmas.
I need to place two large components on a pcb that will actually be on
spacers and connected to the main board by short wire links. As the items
are relatively large (one of them is one of those standard 2- or 4-line LCD
modules) the footprint for these will be quite large yet be basically empty
- there will be four spacers, one for each corner, plus a short multi-way
connector. Is there any way of creating this as a component footprint so
that it may be correctly moved and position on the main board yet still
allow Protel to freely place components and tracks in the free area under
these components?

As the position of the spacers relative to the connector is fairly critical
it is preferable that this is one single component.

Best Regards
Laurie Biddulph

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